Dubai: Despite the upswing in global oil prices, motorists can always mitigate the impact and make it easy on the pocket by improving their driving habits. They also don’t need to switch to the latest and more fuel-efficient cars, as simple daily saving tips will do the trick to help reduce fuel consumption.
Going easy on the throttle and brake pedals; driving at slower speeds; using cruise control when possible; regular engine and tyre pressure check; reducing load vehicle; and careful planning of trips are just some of the everyday fuel-saving tips shared by motoring and road safety experts.
Ensure engine health
Mitch Perera, a Sri Lankan expat and motoring expert, told Gulf News: “Checking your car constantly and doing regular maintenance is the key.” Do a full car inspection on wheels, tyres, engine, oil, filters and other parts – and the car will not only be in good condition but will also have solid fuel economy.
A properly tuned-up car engine can improve petrol mileage by an average of 4 per cent and fixing a serious maintenance problem can improve mileage by as much as 40 per cent, according to experts. At the very least, the air filter should be kept clean and replaced when necessary.
Engine oil level should also be checked. Experts recommend oil with higher viscosity (thickness) during hot summer months and lesser viscosity in winter. By using the recommended grade of motor oil, gas mileage can be improved by 1 to 2 per cent. It is also important to choose ‘energy conserving’ that contains friction-reducing additives.
Easy on the throttle
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